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Sugaring 2013 – Test Boil, Part 3

Well with plenty of sap on hand, and the evaporator set up it was time to see what this baby can do!  I did a quick one hour boil with water to flush all the pans out before I was ready to get started with the maple sap.  I probably had between 32-35 gallons of sap on hand, so it was time to get a move on.

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I enlisted my trusty wood/sap hauler to keep me fully stocked with a mix of hard and soft wood from our wood pile.  I ended up re-splitting a lot of the wood into the sizes you see below.  I had read that wrist size pieces of hardwood work best for the hot and fast fire you are suppose to have when boiling sap.

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Reloading with some more wood after getting some initial coals going, it seems like I was loading every 7-10 minutes once things got going.

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The syrup pan started with a roaring boil, and as we got into the night you can see the syrup start to change from clear liquid in the left photo to a tan-ish color in the right photo.

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Our first video of the boiling process, I feel so professional!

A quick clip of the new evaporator in action.
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